OP: 「CLEAR」 by 坂本真綾 (Sakamoto Maaya)
「さくらと透明なカード」 (Sakura to Toumeina Kaado)
“Sakura and The Clear Cards”
Oh boy. I can feel the nostalgia train hitting me hard right in the chest.
For a lot of us, I’m sure this first episode of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Hen was a trip back to an earlier time in life. A time where you (probably) watched a show with a similar name on your lousy tube television set while listening to a cast of English (or your regional equivalent) speaking actors as they went out on a journey to collect a bunch of magical cards that a kid named Sakura accidentally released. Fast forward a few decades to 2018 and lo and behold we have a brand spanking new continuation to a show from a lot of our childhood’s.
So, how did Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Hen fair? Personally, I think this first episode was a great first step for both new and old fans alike. For newer fans who may have never caught the original Cardcaptor Sakura, I think Kero-chan’s quick explanation right at the beginning served as a decent enough explanation of what happened. Sakura accidentally released the magical Clow Cards and ended up becoming a “Cardcaptor” to capture the finicky things. Along the way she got to wear fancy outfits designed by the camera wielding Tomoyo and even developed a crush on the handsome Syaoran. But seeing how it’s nearly impossible to explain roughly seventy episodes and a movie or two in just a few minutes, it was nice to see the actual story integrate some explanation into the exposition.
For veteran fans though, boy are you in for a treat. Starting at the surface level, it was absolutely amazing how this first episode managed to retain that “fuwa-fuwa” feel from the original. Sure some might say that deviating from what came before is what you need in a sequel, but for a show that’s waited so long for something new, I think we can all appreciate that we got more of what worked so well in the past. Diving a little bit deeper though (and mind you I don’t remember too much from the original since it’s been so darn long), I love how the story is focusing on Sakura and what looks to be a journey of her becoming a stronger person. If you look at her dreams (or rather the blank Clow Cards) as a symbolization of how she is right now (blank, shattered) and compare it to what we saw right before the episode came to a close (the shattered cards turning into a new and I’m assuming powerful staff), I don’t think it’s too much of a stress to say that we’re about to embark on another journey with her as she figures out just what the heck is going on. Which when you think about it, is kind of how the original series started when she accidentally released all the Clow Cards!
So, as thing stand, we have Sakura facing an unknown power that’s messing with the Clow Cards. With the cards themselves completely powerless and new cards appearing, it remains to be seen just what the heck is going on and who or what is causing all of this to happen. Luckily, we have a ton of time and episodes to figure out just what’s going on and hopefully see some new cards/powers along the way!
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where it looks like we’ll get to see Sakura in one of Tomoyo’s new outfits. I can’t wait!
ED: 「Jewelry」by 早見沙織 (Hayami Saori)